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Southern Vance (N.C.) TE Ellis keeping options open

Southern Vance (N.C.) tight end Zamari Ellis continues to keep his options open as he reels in more offers.

HENDERSON, N.C. — It wasn’t an easy night on the field for 2018 (N.C.) tight end prospect Zamari Ellis, as he was double and triple-teamed often Friday night in a 62-8 Southern Vance loss to Hertford County.

“It was real frustrating knowing you can’t really do anything when you can’t get open because everybody is focusing on you,” Ellis said. “It’s frustrating to know you can’t really do anything to help your team.”

At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Ellis clearly stands out on the field with his teammates, who were generally unable to get him the ball in any position to make a difference Friday.

“I like to catch the ball and move the sticks,” Ellis said about his strengths on the field.  

Ellis sports scholarship offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and Tennessee, and he’s also hearing from Georgia and Penn State.

“My choices are wide open,” Ellis said. “I really haven’t made up my mind yet where I want to go.”

He said he wants to get to every school in North Carolina that’s interested in him this fall.

Here’s what he had to say about some of the local colleges recruiting him:

Wake Forest:

“Coaches have been hitting me up on twitter. I like Wake Forest. It’s close to home.”

North Carolina:

“I like the way they use their tight ends.”


“I went to the North Carolina Central game, and they scored about three touchdowns with their tight ends.”

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